The Absolute Best Sneakers for Moms, No Matter the Occasion

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My shoe collection is large by any standard (I learned from queen Carrie Bradshaw, after all), but I have a special place in my heart for sneakers. I love how easily they can complete and/or change any outfit—throw on a pair of classic white sneakers for a chic, put-together look, or don a colorblock pair for a fun and unique touch.

Of course, sneakers also earn major points for the comfort factor, especially compared to any other option in the world of footwear. Comfortable sneakers are the ideal choice for everything from neighborhood walks to running errands to days of exploring. And when it comes to chasing after and playing outside with little ones, there’s really no other option.

There are tons of different types of sneakers—classic white, slip-on, athletic, and more—so we’ve taken some of the work off your already-full plate and searched the internet for the absolute best mom-friendly sneakers, no matter the occasion. Keep scrolling to make your collection complete…


Classic White Sneakers

Ah, the classic white sneaker. It’s the ultimate capsule wardrobe piece, and I find myself wearing them constantly, as they truly go with everything and work in every season. These sneakers make a great finishing touch to all of your mom uniform outfits, from denim shorts and a tee to a breezy dress.

Target | Universal Thread

Flora Sneakers

3 colors available

Dr. Scholl's

Time Off Platform

4 colors available


Ibiza Sneaker

2 colors available

Running & Athletic Sneakers

Whether you have a regular workout routine or just enjoy long walks through the neighborhood, you’ll need a great pair of running, walking, or general athletic sneakers that are supportive on your feet. The pairs below are not only super cute, but they’re the tried-and-true styles that our editors are obsessed with.


Clifton 8 Running Shoe

9 colors available


React Infinity Flyknit

16 colors available

New Balance

520v7 Running Shoe

2 colors available


Swift Run Sneaker

2 colors available

Slip-On Sneakers

Every busy mom needs a pair of easy sneakers that they can simply slip on on their way out the door. These sneakers are comfortable, quick, and cute all wrapped into one, making them an ideal choice for running errands and school pick-up. They also look great with everything from your favorite pair of pull-on shorts to your go-to pair of jeans.

Dr. Scholl's

Everywhere Slip-On

3 colors available

Lucky Brand

Larlan Mules

2 colors available

Target | All in Motion

Hybrid Sneakers

4 colors available


2402-Cotu Sneaker

10 colors available


The Sneaker

13 colors/patterns available


The Forever Slip-On

2 colors available

Sporty-Chic Sneakers

The absolute perfect match to any athleisure outfit is a pair of sporty-chic sneakers. This category toes the line (get it?!) between running shoes and super casual sneakers, so that you can achieve that ultimate cool mom athleisure look. Plus, they’re just as comfy as your athletic shoes, so they’re suited for long days of walking.


Daybreak Sneaker

10 colors available


Zig Dynamica Sneaker

8 colors available


Club Memt Sneakers

2 colors available

Target | A New Day

Jojo Sneakers

4 colors available

Colorful Sneakers

Looking to add a fun and unique touch to an otherwise-plain summer outfit? Look no further than a pair of colorful sneakers. Not only is this colorblock style super on-trend, it’s a way to bring something different into your wardrobe, even if you wear mostly neutrals. These sneakers are sure to have people stopping you to ask where you got them from.

New Balance

237 Shoes

19 colors available


Simasa Sneaker

2 colors available
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